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William Dawes, Jr

  • Birth 5 Apr 1745 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 25 Feb 1799 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot 8B - Tomb 5
  • Memorial ID 1870

Revolutionary War Figure. He grew up in Boston and became a tanner while he was active in the Boston Militia. On the night of April 18, 1775 it was his task, along with Paul Revere and Samuel Prescott, to warn the colonists that the British were going to launch an offensive on the countryside. On the way to Concord the three ran into a British road block. Splitting up and fleeing, Revere was captured and later released, Dawes was thrown from his horse and had to walk back to Lexington. Prescott rode on to Concord. The warnings of the trio allowed the local militias to garner their forces and achieve the first victory in the Revolutionary War. During the remainder of the war he served as a quartermaster in central Massachusetts.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1870
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Dawes, Jr (5 Apr 1745–25 Feb 1799), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1870, citing Kings Chapel Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .